Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 4:07 p.m.
A cigarette sparked a fire this morning that killed a pet dog and heavily damaged a North Las Vegas apartment, authorities said.
Firefighters at a station in the 2300 block of Daley Avenue noticed smoke and flames coming from an apartment building across the street and rushed to the burning structure about 6:45 a.m., North Las Vegas Fire Department Capt. Cedric Williams said.
They evacuated residents and put out the flames within about 10 minutes, he said.
A woman in the burning apartment escaped with minor injuries. Her dog was later found dead inside, officials said.
The woman’s apartment was a total loss, and a neighboring unit was badly damaged by smoke, Williams said. The fire caused about $60,000 damage, he said.
American Red Cross volunteers are providing the occupants of both apartments with temporary shelter.